Sports Field Irrigation Guide

What to consider for your sports field irrigation.

Sports fields require specialised irrigation and drainage. Inefficient drainage paired with wet weather will quickly have a negative impact on the quality of your sports field. Not enough rainfall paired with inefficient or no irrigation and you will soon have a dry and dusty field. 

Simply, inefficient irrigation and drainage systems means your sports turf surface will quickly fall into disrepair. A knowledgeable irrigation and water management team is key to getting your sports field irrigation right. 

Commonly, problems occur following surfaces being used during adverse weather events. This impacts the regular maintenance regime, and despite best efforts can cause compaction, uneven surfaces and a poorly drained field. A harder field can also result in more player injuries, which no one wants. 

It’s important to design, supply and install a sports turf irrigation system that works for you. That means, it suits the way your fields are used, how heavily they are used, the local climate and weather conditions, along with the coverage by your current system. A more modern irrigation system and high-quality components will also help to ensure their longevity. These contemporary systems can also be fully automated, or remotely controlled for teams who aren’t always on site. 

Large rainwater tanks ensure customers have a sustainable and independent water option for preparing fields and with the ability to access water onsite. They are a great option when budget and space allows. They can save you money in the long run by harvesting rainwater – and they’re a sustainable and environmentally friendly option.

Find out more about our sports turf management services here. 

Irrigation planning – what do you need to consider?

When planning your irrigation system, you should be planning for efficiency, sustainability and return on investment.

Specific aspects to consider when assessing your irrigation needs include:

  • How much water is needed to maintain turf quality
  • How your sports surface will be used
  • How frequently is this use, and when are the most commonly used times?
  • What cost savings you can achieve through more efficient water usage
  • Your climate conditions, for example, is your area prone to drought or flooding?
Sports Turf Drainage

Considering drainage

When it comes to drainage, it is crucial to do it properly early on to avoid headaches at a later date. If your surface is suffering from poor drainage, the first step is to work out why.

Was the construction of the surface inadequate? Has it been poorly maintained? Or perhaps it is just suffering the wear and tear from overuse. You might even be finding significant water loss from evaporation is blowing out your budget.

If your surface has not yet been constructed, this is an important part of the process, and one that should be carefully planned.

How to estimate water requirements?

Not sure how to estimate how much water you need? Speak to a member of our team. There are many, many factors that contribute to this and it’s best to seek professional advice.